Problems with rail line



Problems with rail line
EAST LIVERPOOL -- The Columbiana County Port Authority may know in a few months how a U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee plans to keep a rail line operating.
Tracy Drake, director of the port authority, said that it met Monday with court trustee Richard Cox of Arkansas and representatives of the Central Columbiana & amp; Pennsylvania Railroad and its customers.
The Central Columbiana uses the nearly 37-mile line that is owned by the authority. The use of railroad has been slowed by derailments. Drake has said repairs are ongoing.
$100,000 school grant
SHARON, Pa. --The Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded the city school district $100,000.
Donna DeBonis, Sharon superintendent, told the school board Monday that Sharon got a "Project 720" grant, which will be paid over three years. Project 720 is a new program and the number represents the 720 days of a student's three years in high school.
Specific guidelines on how the grant can be divided between personnel and materials haven't been handed down by the state yet, she said.
Spring show planned
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Low attendance at past high school open houses is the reason for a change in the Wilmington Area School District.
High School Principal Bill Lyon told the school board Monday that the high school will replace the parent open house usually scheduled in September with a spring show in March. Lyon said it was decided to give the students a chance to show off their work to their parents in the spring.
Shot fired near Elks Club
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police are investigating a report of a shot fired in the alley behind the Elks Club on Home Street. Police said they were initially called to the club at 10:23 p.m. Sunday for a fight but then heard a shot fired. A neighbor said a man was seen firing a gun into the ground.
Grant to link Web sites
MERCER, Pa. -- The Mercer County Historical Society has been awarded a $20,000 grant to unite the Web sites of several local heritage attractions to give them greater exposure and make them more user-friendly. It's a move designed to help boost tourism in the county. Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville, R-50th, said the grant will help promote multiple attractions that can make tourists' trips to the county easier and give them more places to visit. The money comes from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.
Board OKs teachers pact
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- The Sharpsville Area School Board has given its approval to a new teacher contract but won't reveal terms of the deal until the teachers ratify it. The 82 members of the Sharpsville Education Association are expected to vote on the package Aug. 26, the first day of school.
The teachers worked all of the last school year without a contract, under an extension of their old pact. Negotiations on the new contract began in January 2003.
Dr. Derry Stufft, superintendent, said the school board approved the contract Monday in a 7-1-1 vote. Director GerardHanley cast the dissenting vote but made no comment as the teachers have yet to vote on the package. Director Burt DeVries abstained from the vote because his sister is a teacher in the district, Stufft said. Directors Terry Karsonovich, Leonard Grandy, David DeForest, Kim Barringer, Deneen Joseph, Susan Pokorney and Charles Rice voted for the contract.
Pharmacy burglarized
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police said various narcotic medications were the targets of burglars who broke into the Medicine Shoppe at 956 N. Hermitage Road. Someone pried open the back door to get into the pharmacy between 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Monday, when the burglary was discovered by store employees. The intruders cut the main telephone service line for the entire building, which houses several other businesses besides the pharmacy and also cut the pharmacy alarm, police said. OxyContin and various other narcotics were taken, police said. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from a small safe, police said.

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